I have a few pictures to make you smile. We have a catnip kicker toy. The young’uns love it.
It’s a straight, fairly stiff catnip-filled stick. The cats grab with the front paws and kick with the back paws. We have two but they always fight over the same one. What starts out simple and looks like sharing, ends up like this.
It has resulted in a brawl. If you look in the back, you can see Morgan viewing the debacle with no intention of getting involved. To complete the photos, Sasha wanted a new photo that shows off her cuteness factor.
This past week I looked deeper into pet chips. Three of my cats are microchipped. It’s a small rice-sized transponder that is injected under the skin. When a pet is lost, it can be scanned for a serial number which (hopefully) the owner registered with a database. It doesn’t hurt or bother the cats but I wondered if it worked. Most rescues automatically microchip before putting animals up for adoption.
When I adopted the cats, they were already chipped. The chip company charges an annual fee to “register” your pet. I have four and it would be over $100 annually for all. I searched and found a free registration site and used that (freepetchipregistry.com). Then I wondered if it was legit. There are different chip companies and different databases. Would a rescue group find my information by scanning my cat?
It’s all murky. There are many databases and until recently there wasn’t a “universal” scanner. The scanners use radio frequency (chip companies use different frequencies) to extract the registration number from the chip.
Things have improved a little bit. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has a search engine that can identify the chip number across many databases and refer you to the proper one. I checked and all three of my cats are listed on two different databases.
My cats are indoor only and have no interest in the outdoors. If a door is left open by accident, no one goes out. There is always a chance that one will freak out and escape but barring a disaster like a fire or home invasion, it’s unlikely.
The chip offers peace of mind for neurotic pet owners like myself.
Author’s note: These are my observations and I’m not at all an expert. I would recommend that anyone contemplating a microchip do research and ask your vet.